Beamish North of England Open Air Museum

Colliery Safety Lamp Polishing Shop Cast Iron Arcade

We were selected to carry out a full condition survey of the cast iron components and supply a conservation method statement for repair.

ICR was retained as the main contractor to undertake the structural repairs and architectural restoration of the arcade

Fractured castings as identified during the condition survey

The Metalock cold stitching method was selected to repair the fractured castings

Carefully sculpted steel insert plates were produced where original material had been lost. 

Detail showing the cold stitch repair method

A completed steel insert repair plate

Repaired castings being lofted out to prove architectural geometry prior to installation

 Fully restored cast iron arcade installed as an integral original element of the newly replicated lamp polishing shop

An additional strand of the contract was to restore a period lamp polishing machine made by Acroyd and Best

A replacement brush spindle and cone nut

Replacement friction drive plates were machined and fitted

Traditionally manufactured natural bristle brushes and polishing mops were supplied and fitted

Fully restored lamp polishing machine

Archive image of cast iron arcade

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